Can I reconfigure my fireplace?

Jake,

We are remodeling our home and would like to lower the fireplace. We a two story home and this is the only opening to the fireplace. We have already removed the harth. What is involved in lowering the fireplace?

-- Sara

Sara,

The fireplace can be lowered.  If you have removed the hearth, you probably found that it is separate from the firebox.  The fire box will have to be lowered.  This should only be done by an experienced mason.  It requires extensive removal and rebuilding of the box, smoke chamber and attachment to the flue.  If done improperly, you could have a dangerous situation on your hands.  Check around the fireplace stores in your area for a list of qualified masons.

Jake


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